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International organisations must be held accountable for human rights violations

International organisations must be held accountable for human rights violations

Concerns about the “absolute legal immunity” to which international organisations are often entitled have prompted the committee to call for these organisations to be made subject to binding mechanisms to monitor their compliance with human rights norms and, where such mechanisms already exist, to ensure that their decisions are enforced.

The draft resolution presented by Jose Maria Beneyto (Spain, EPP/CD) encourages international organisations to become parties to human rights treaties. Just like governments, these organisations should draw up clear guidelines regarding the waiver of their immunity.

States should remain accountable for breaches of international human rights by international organisations when the latter cannot be held directly accountable.

The draft resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the committee, will be debated by the Assembly at its plenary session in January 2014.